By Andy Hyslop
- Former United defender Nemanja Vidic has brought his playing career to an end.
- Vidic made 300 appearances in the red of United
- Read about Nemanja time with United here
Former Manchester United captain and defender Nemanja Vidic has today announced his retirement from professional football. Bringing an end to a wonderful career that will always be remembered by United’s faithful.
Vidic may be the last defender of his kind. Despite being from Serbia he was a old school English style centre-half. He would win the ball at all costs even it meant taking his opponent out while doing it.
Vidic joined United just over ten years ago, signing on January 5 2006 and would become a pivotal figure at Old Trafford along with fellow January signing Patrice Evra.
In his eight and a half seasons In Manchester, Vidic would help United win five Premier League titles, three League Cups, one Champions League, one FIFA World Club Cup and five Community Shields.
Vidic was appointed captain of United in the 2010/11 season. Injuries took their toll on Vidic and he wasn’t on the pitch a much as United fans would have hoped in his last few seasons. Though he never stopped giving his all for the United cause.
United fans will always remember Nemanja as a warrior, a true legend of Manchester United’s recent history who gave his all for the red half of Manchester.
Nemanja Vidic Statement
Vidic has released a short statement confirming the end of his playing days. He has taken time to thank everyone involved in his career including the fans.
The time has come for me to hang up my boots. The injuries I have had in the last few years have taken their toll.
I would like to thank all the players I have played with, all the managers and staff I have worked with, and say a big ‘thank you’ to the fans for their support over the years.